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A World Unknown (My Trip to Europe)

Essay written by Audrey Strickland

Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed about traveling overseas. Strange lands, exciting

places, and new cultures have always fascinated me. I've always wondered what it

would be like to speak another language, to grow up learning different customs, or to

live in a completely different way than I do now. This past summer my dream finally

came true. I got to travel to England, France, Switzerland, and Germany with Mme.

Kelly and five other girls, and suddenly the world was at my fingertips.

England's green hills and city life is unforgettable. Kensington, Westminster Abby, and

Piccadelli Circus are just a few parts of London full of historic cathedrals, quaint little

cafes, and amazing shopping places. Harrods, where the royal family shops, supposedly

sales any and everything. My favorite experience in London was riding The Underground

to see the broadway play Fosse and watching the changing of the guards at

Buckingham Palace. England overall isn't too different from the States. The same

language is spoken and their currency, the pound, is very similar to an U.S. dollar.

However, driving on the left side of the road is hard to get use to.

The Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe, The Lourve, The obelisk, La Place de la

Concorde, and Notre Dame are all located in the heart of Paris, France. Paris with its

French cuisine, romantic atmosphere and historical self-being fills you with a sense of

complete contentment. I'll never forget sitting at a French cafe, eating a baguette,

drinking mineral water, and watching the Parisians walk by. Paris's metro system makes

going anywhere a fast and easy trip. With my knowledge of the French language and

an idea about French life I came to love Paris.

There's only one word to describe Switzerland and Germany, and that's beautiful. Quite



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